Virginia Commonwealth Rams vs. Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks NCAA Tournament South Region Pick-Odds-Prediction 3/21/14
Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (31-2) at Virginia Commonwealth Rams (26-7)
College Basketball: Friday, March 21, 2014 at 19:27 pm (Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl)
The Line: Virginia Commonwealth Rams -6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks and the Virginia Commonwealth Rams meet in 12-5 action Friday at 7:27PM on TruTV.
The Lumberjacks are arguably the best team nobody knows much about rolling into the big dance. The Lumberjacks garnered a 12 seed, a bit higher than usual for teams from the Southland conference but their seed is warranted. Stephen F. Austin has won 28 in a row, finished conference play a perfect 18-0 and are 31-2 overall. The Lumberjacks rank 8th in the nation in assists (16.6) and are led in scoring by Desmond Haymond (14.5) and Jacob Parker (14.2). Parker leads the team in boards as well wth 7.1 and multiple players average between 2-4 assists per game -- fueling their efficient offense. With the exception of a few close games in the second half of conference play, the Lumberjacks have dominated most all on-comers by double digits.
Virginia Commonwealth finds themselves in the 5 slot after a narrow conference championship loss to St. Joe’s this afternoon. The Rams finished the season 26-8 and second overall in the A-10. VCU is most known for their havoc style defense and will certainly get after the Lumberjacks in a manner they are not used to. The Rams are led by JuVante Reddic -- the big man averages over 12 points per game and just shy of 8 boards. In addition to his offense and rebounds, the big man is a protector around the rim. Treveon Graham is the Rams leader in the huddle and in points - the forward averages 15.7 points per game and just under 7 boards per contest. The Rams loss in their conference tournament broke a four game winning streak they had moving into that contest.
This game has the potential to be a very good one as both of these teams have something to prove. The Rams have become a routine participant in the NCAA tourney of late but they continue to play with a chip on their shoulder. I like this contest to be the annual 12-5 upset and for the shoe to be on the other foot as the Lumberjacks keep their win streak alive and make ist 29 with the narrow win and cover over VCU Friday.